Chris Rouse (Samoans)

Chris has being playing drums since he was 13 after his parents brought him a drum kit. Having learnt to play initially in Church he moved to playing in a Punk band

(A natural progression?!)

After a few years of touring working for other bands he formed 'Hold Your Horse Is'

with friends poached from his local music scene. HYHI got themselves a blistering live show reputation, but 5 years of extensive touring 1 album, 3 ep's, 3 singles and a cassette later HYHI called it a day.

Chris then moved to playing for Samoans a rock band from Wales. Having played Reading and Leeds Festival the band were put on hold when the singer broke his back after being hit by a car.   A year later they released their debut album 'Rescue' with Chris making his mark on the change of direction the band had taken.  Tours with No Devotion, Kids In Glass Houses, plays on Zane Lowe and a Maida Vale Session followed proving the bands abilities to pen a tune, culminating in a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize.

Having made a name for himself being a hard hitting, highly active drummer

(including throwing his drums into the crowd and continuing the set), Chris likes to continue the trend of his drumming idols and create his own reputation, all of this still on that first drum kit bought so long ago.

Currently Samoans are working on their second album with a plan to release in 2015

Hold Your Horse Is:   

This band are rapidly approaching the throne of one of the best alternative bands around. - ARTROCKER.

They exude confidence and power - pounding drums, huge riffs, heavy basslines and rough, British vocals amount to a big presence. - ROCKSOUND.


“They manage to instil the same icy, fragile beauty that Chino Moreno and company are famous for throughout.” – Metal Hammer (8/10)

“It’s exciting, it’s promising and it’s tireless in its execution.” – Rock Sound (8/10)

“This brains-and-brawn quartet create the sort of expansive rock music that made the early 2000’s a great time to be a devotee of loud, immersive music, with I Am Your Density arriving in a stoned haze of Oceansize-sized riffs and Mogwai-echoing introspection.” – Q

“After one listen, utterly necessary.” – Bearded

“Cardiff quartet take My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails and Oceansize and smoosh ‘em together into this, a gorgeous post-rock epic “– Classic Rock